We are receiving reports of messages abusing the name and logo of Cert.be, the Centre for Cybersecurity Belgium (CCB) and the police. You are allegedly accused of sexual abuse of minors. This message is fake.
You are asked to send an e-mail quickly to justify yourself, otherwise you will be prosecuted and arrested. The message appears threatening and urges you to react immediately. The intention is to frighten you and extort money from you. This type of scam is not new, but the abuse of the name of the CCB and Cert.be is.
Have you received such a message yourself? Do not panic.
- Do not reply to this e-mail. The CCB or the police never send this kind of e-mail.
- Forward the e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mark the message as SPAM or junk.
- Block the sender.
You have received such a message and reacted to it. What to do now?
- If you have transferred money to a fraudster, contact your bank on a special number and/or Card Stop on 078 170 170 (+32 78 170 170 from abroad). This way, any fraudulent transactions can be blocked.
- If you want to report a fraud, you can contact your bank.
- We advise you to make a report to the local police in your place of residence.